Volatility

With sell of Apple tomorrow I’ll start to unwind my end of the year rally buys

With sell of Apple tomorrow I’ll start to unwind my end of the year rally buys

When I bought shares of Apple (AAPL) in my Jubak Picks and Volatility Portfolios, I was looking for gains from the end of the year rally (which kind of fizzed out) and the traditional Santa Claus rally (which came through as expected) to drive shares higher in the short term. Since that November 23, 2021 pick, shares of Apple, as of the close today January 4, were up 12% to $179.70, just above my $179 target price for this short-term trade.

Buying VIX Call Options today as hedge on January shift in sentiment away from complacency

Buying VIX Call Options today as hedge on January shift in sentiment away from complacency

The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) hasn’t moved much so far in today’s session. The so-called “fear index” is down just 0.23% to 17.26 as of 3:20 p.m. New York time. But there’s been strong action in the options market with risk hedges for the end of January and the middle of February showing losses. I’m going to use today’s selling to buy two VIX Call positions in the Volatility Portfolio.

Trick or Trend: The trick is that there is no trend right now

Trick or Trend: The trick is that there is no trend right now

On Wednesday stocks were up as technology shares soared after the Federal Reserve announced that it would cut its bond purchases more quickly than expected and (may) raise interest rates three times before the end of 2022. The logic, I think, to the tech share rally was that these stocks would, again, be able to grow even if the economy as a whole faltered. So that day saw Apple (AAPL) gain 2.85%; Nvidia(NVDA) soared 7.49%, and Palo Alto Network(PANW) climbed 5.42%, to name just three tech stars for the day. Thursday, December 16, the market seemed to have second thoughts.

This coffee ETN is up 73% in 2021 to date and looks to have more potential ahead

This coffee ETN is up 73% in 2021 to date and looks to have more potential ahead

But 2021 has been very, very good to the iPath B Bloomberg Coffee Total Return ETN (JO). A series of disruptions–weather in Brazil and Colombia, a shortage of shipping containers that curbed exports from Vietnam, a civil war in Ethiopia–sent coffee prices to a 10-year high on November 30. Despite the global Pandemic depressing demand from consumers who didn’t venture out of coffee shops during the worst of the virus outbreak. Now after a 73% gain for 2021 to date the question for investors after the is how much higher can coffee prices and this coffee ETF go?

The trend for the next year or two looks positive.

A stock isn’t a buy just because it’s cheaper than it was–Lessons from Disney on when to buy on the dip

A stock isn’t a buy just because it’s cheaper than it was–Lessons from Disney on when to buy on the dip

After a huge rally like we’re had this year, it’s easy to fall into one of the most common buy on the dip traps. Just because a stock is cheaper than it was, it’s not necessarily a bargain. There’s nothing that says a stock has to return to its previous price after a dip. And especially that it has to return to that former price on your schedule. Let me use Disney (DIS), one of the stocks I’m tracking in my Dip-O-Meter, as an example.

I often recommend using Call Options to profit from earnings season volatility–not this time

Apple is Pick #5 for my Special Report: It’s a Market Melt Up!! (And for my Jubak Picks and Volatility portfolios tomorrow)

It was sure hard to see a market melt up today, November 22. The Standard & Poor’s 500 was down 0.32% and the NASDAQ Composite fell 1.26%. Market leaders in the melt up rally like Applied Materials (AMAT) and Microsoft (MSFT) were down 1.65% and 0.96%, respectively. And it was even harder to see the trend I thought might be on its way in my Friday, November 19 post “Forward into the past with tech stocks:We’re seen this market before.” The rotation into tech stocks that I saw on Friday turned into loses of 3.12% for Nvidia (NVDA), and 1.92% for Alphabet (GOOG.)
But I suggest that you take a look at Apple’s (AAPL) performance today